Medicine bottle

Object Number: 
1937.1672
Date: 
1880-1890
Medium: 
Glass, cork
Dimensions: 
Overall: 9 x 3 x 1 3/4 in. ( 22.9 x 7.6 x 4.4 cm )
Marks: 
embossed: on obverse; "THE GREAT/ DR KILMER'S/ SWAMP/ ROOT/ KIDNEY/ LIVER 7/ BLADDER/ CURE/ SPECIFIC" embossed: on sides; "DR KILMER & CO" and "BINGHAMPTON NY" printed: paper label; "NEW LABEL ADOPTED MARCH 1833/ DR. KILMERS..." printed: paper label "
Description: 
Aquamarine glass bottle blown in a full-sized, two-part mold with a hand-tooled finish; bottle is rectangular with inset panels embossed with "THE GREAT DR KILMER'S SWAMP ROOT KIDNEY, LIVER, AND BLADDER CURE SPECIFIC," "DR KILMER & CO," and "BINGHAMTON NY" with two applied paper labels detailing the medicinal qualities, dosage, and price of the medicine; base is flat with diagonal mold seam and central circular indentation; with cork.
Gallery Label: 
This object was once part of the folk art collection of Elie Nadelman (1882-1946), the avant-garde sculptor. From 1924 to 1934, Nadelman's collection was displayed in his Museum of Folk Arts, located in the Riverdale section of the Bronx. The Historical Society purchased Nadelman's entire collection in 1937.
Credit Line: 
Purchased from Elie Nadelman
Provenance: 
The Folk Art Collection of Elie Nadelman
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group